While much has been said and is being said about diet food, healthy cooking, low fat recipe - they can never do justice to the demands of delicacy. This book offers select 25 Chicken Recipes from all across India with cooking time, flavor, skill level, accompaniment and an easy to follow preparation method.
Also included are two superfast recipes for the unannounced guests, recipe for home made spice mixes and various cooking tips. Please do read the notes and cooking tips (at the end of the book) before you start.
This is the first book in the series. Soon to be launched are guides on Meat, Fish, Vegetable and other Regional Specialties. The Book doesnot uses glossy and fancy images but is straight on basics. You can place your Kindle, iPad or Laptop on your kitchen top, open the menu of your choice and cook on.
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About the Author
The most important ingredient of cooking is 'Love' - if you pour your heart while cooking, nothing can go wrong.
I love traveling and tasting exotic recipes. And when I come across great food I make it a point to talk with the chef . Be it in Kashmir or Coorg or Goa or Kerala I have come across amazing delicacies which I never knew existed. Traditional Indian food has a lots to offer and one can expect the most awesome recipe at the most unexpected places.
Other than that,I am an Housewife living in India.I love cooking and experimenting with spices.
When my daughter grew up and went to college she would tell me quite often how much she misses home food. She survived on pizza, pasta, burgers and Chinese food for the first year. And then she set up her own small kitchen. But apart from scrambled or fried eggs and basic rice all she cooked was instant noodles. She started calling me up for help and guidance. From shopping guide to cooking instructions we chatted long and soon she learnt enough to cook a few basics. Gradually it became a passion and she even started treating her friends.
As a mother I can understand the anxiety and agony we all pass through for our children. And as a woman I realize the importance of basic understanding and skill for cooking. While traveling across the country I have had the pleasure to taste a multitude of preparations - some authentic, some fusion and some modified as per present day health demands. Interviewing traditional cooks, seeing them in live action and trying them myself has helped me understand the dynamics of the process and the chemistry of the spices. Each dish has its own unique identity.
'Curry and Spice - 25 Easy and Authentic Indian Chicken Recipes'- is the first book in the series. I will be shortly launching the Meat, Fish, Vegetable and other Regional Specialties. I could have used glossy and fancy images but I have kept this book straight on basics. Place your Kindle, iPad or Laptop on your kitchen top, open the menu of your choice and cook on.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Before receiving this review request I was not familiar with Authentic Indian food at all. I have only tried it maybe twice in my life, not because I don't like it, but because there are no Authentic Indian restaurants in my town or within an hour of where I live! Until reviewing this cookbook, I didn't even know what went IN Indian food! I don't consider myself a terrible cook, but I rarely have a reason to cook at all. I don't see the point in cooking up an amazing meal for just me. I'm sure that someday when I'm married, or living with someone else, then I'll be able to work on my cooking skills, and a book like this would definitely be useful! Not only are the recipes absolutely delicious looking, but they are also relatively easy to make! People don't generally want a cooking book where the recipes show that you need to slave over a stove for at least an hour! The author of this cookbook lists things that you will need to make the dish, and also gives easy to follow instructions for creating the meal. The way that Kakoli DasGupta sets up the cooking instructions is very organized, and for someone like me who rarely cooks, it's important to have everything set up in order so that I don't get lost when I've barely begun! I'm going to go ahead and copy one of the recipes into this review, because it's easier to SHOW everyone how everything is set up, rather than try to explain it! Chicken Tikka Cuisine - North Indian Serves - 4 - 6 Cooking Time - 30 mins Flavor - Moderate Spicy Difficulty - easy Goes well with - Nan / Chapati / Tandoori Roti Ingredients Boneless chicken (small one inch size cubes/pieces) - 1 kg For MarinadeYoghurt/Curd - 1 cup Salt - 2 tsp / as per taste Ginger paste - 2 tbsp Garlic paste - 2 tbsp Lemon juice - 2 tbsp Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp Chilly powder (Kashmiri)- 1 tsp Black pepper powder - ½ tsp Mustard oil/Vegetable Oil-3 tbsp For FryingVegetable Oil- 3 tbsp For BastingMelted Butter Chat Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp For GarnishingTwo Large Onion - cut in rings One Lemon - cut in wedges Fresh Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp Chopped PreparationChicken Tikka can be shallow fried or grilled. Marinate the chicken in a shallow non-metal dish - mix all the ingredients with curd thoroughly - apply onto the chicken pieces and refrigerate overnight (minimum 4 - 6 hours. Grilling Option For grilling thread the chicken in skewers and then marinade in a shallow dish. Heat grill. Place the skewered chicken on grill rack and cook 5 minutes, turning skewers and basting occasionally with butter. Keep a glass tray below the skewers to collect the drippings. Frying Option Heat the oil in a non - stick pan and fry all the chicken pieces on a very low flame turning them around. Allow the water to dry and fry till reddish brown in color. Sprinkle the Chat Masala when done. Serve hot, garnished with onion rings, coriander leaves and lime slices. If I can look at a recipe for food that I am not familiar with, and I can figure it out, well then it's a good cookbook! I enjoyed looking at the different recipes that are in this book, and there are recipes here that I will definitely use in the future! As I said,I am not familiar with cookbooks, but the way it is set up, and the amazing recipes that this book contains, makes this a 5 STAR book!